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The Lighthorsemen (1987)

PG | | Drama, War | 8 April 1988 (USA)
In 1917 when the British forces are bogged down in front of the Turkish and German lines in Palestine they rely on the Australian light horse regiment to break the deadlock.

Director:

Simon Wincer

Writer:

Ian Jones (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Phelps ... Dave Mitchell
Nick Waters ... Lighthorse Sergeant
John Larking John Larking ... Station Master
John Heywood John Heywood ... Dave's Dad
Di O'Connor Di O'Connor ... Dave's Mum
Shane Briant ... Reichert
Ralph Cotterill ... Gen. Friedrich von Kressenstein
Bill Kerr ... Gen. Sir Harry Chauvel
Grant Piro ... Charlie
Tony Bonner ... Col. Murray Bourchier
Serge Lazareff Serge Lazareff ... Rankin
Gary Sweet ... Frank
John Walton John Walton ... Tas
Tim McKenzie Tim McKenzie ... Chiller
Jon Blake ... Scotty
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Storyline

Palestine, 1917. The British advance has been stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has failed. The attacking forces included a regiment of Australian mounted infantry, the Light Horse... Lighthorseman Frank is wounded in a skirmish with Bedouin. He is replaced by a young soldier, Dave, who proves to be a crack shot, but reluctant to fire at the enemy. Dave proves himself during a German biplane attack. Recuperating in hospital, he meets a sympathetic nurse, Anne... The regiment is called upon for a bold flanking attack on Beersheba. But how do you convince the Turks the main attack will come at Gaza? And how do you attack across a desert without water? Written by David Stanko

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A true story of war, love and courage. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

The film depicts a large use of horses and horse-riding and it has been noted that no horses were put-down nor injured during the making of this picture. See more »

Quotes

Dave: Hey, Scotty, you're not Scotch, are you?
Scotty: No.
Dave: Then, why do they call you Scotty?
[Scotty thinks]
Scotty: Cause I'm Irish.
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Alternate Versions

This film was cut by seventeen minutes for release in various overseas markets outside of Australia. See more »


Soundtracks

AUSTRALIA WILL BE THERE
Music and lyrics by W.W. 'Skipper' Francis
By Arrangement with Allans Music (Australia) Pty. Limited
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One of Australia' best
15 June 2004 | by penguin2212See all my reviews

This is an excellent film with surely the finest cavalry charge ever filmed. In this movie the horse is King and the care taken to illustrate the vital interaction between these magnificent animals and their riders is great to behold. The acting and direction are good without the need for big names. It has had a number of releases, the best being a 2.35 wide screen laser disc version in the USA. Australia has released a DVD version but it is dreadfully truncated being cut to 1.78 from the vastly more meaningful aspect ratio of the laser disc. On the big screen this film makes a fantastic impact and every effort should be made to see the original wide screen version in this way. Highly recommended.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jinetes de leyenda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,645, 10 April 1988

Gross USA:

$33,779

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,779
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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